January 5, 2016

News & Updates
Yikes! It's cold out there! Get out those windshield scrapers, because winter has come. Snuggle up with a good book from the LRC, a new podcast, or just the thug life cat video below.

In this week's issue, all the books featured below will be released as movies in 2016; so check one of them out so when everyone is clamoring over how good the movie is, you can slide your glasses to the end of your nose and say, "Darling, the book was much better."

And also, if you haven't heard, Season 2 of the record-breaking podcast Serial was released before Christmas break. Catch up to episode 3 by following the links below.
YouTube Pick of the Week


Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (2013) by Matthew Quick

Location: FIC Quick
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Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate, Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

In this riveting look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made-and the light in us all that never goes out.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001) by J.K. Rowling

Call Number: FIC Rowling
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A copy of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them  resides in almost every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Comic Relief, which means that the pounds and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope that passing wizards feel more charitable if they see you being attacked by a Manticore.--Albus Percival Brian Dumbledore

The Girl With All the Gifts  (2014) by  M.R. Carey
Call Number:  FIC Carey
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Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad. --


Serial, Season 2

"Our first season was about a murder case few people had heard about. Season Two is a story a gazillion people have heard about: the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured and held by the Taliban for nearly five years. It's been in the newspapers and on TV; it's been the subject of congressional investigations...and it's an active case in military court.  This story-it spins out in so many unexpected directions. Because, yes, it's about Bowe Bergdahl and about one strange decision he made, to leave his post.
--Sarah Koenig, Host of Serial

Listen to the podcast in iTunes  here...
Download the iTunes Podcast app here, and search for "Serial."
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